by Donna M. Perry Sun Journal
LIVERMORE FALLS — A selectman, businessman and farmer was remembered Monday for his willingness to work out a solution, his love of the town, and being a statesman.
George Cummings Sr., 84, died suddenly Friday after working on his tractor at his farm.
He had two loves of his life, his farm and the town, his son, Dana Cummings said Monday.
George Cummings was in the midst of a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, which he was elected to in June 2016. His term would have expired in June 2019.
When he was in grammar school, Dana Cummings said his father went on a field trip to the Town Office. That is when his interest in town government began.
When the time came, Cummings said his father always said he wanted to die working on his farm. He had been working on his tractor and then slipped and fell. His brother helped him up and once inside he fell again. They did CPR on him for some time but they could not revive him, he said.
Town Manager Stephen Gould said George Cummings would come in to talk about an issue that concerned the town.
“We were on different political ends of the spectrum, yet, we could sit and talk and present our sides and we looked for a common goal,” Gould said.
The two would come to a resolution over whatever they were discussing, he said.
“What I am going to miss the most is his willingness to talk,” Gould said. “He had years of experience and I respected his opinion. He was honest, straight-forward and a kind and decent man.”
He may have had a gruff exterior but underneath it he was very kind, he said.
“He will be missed, no doubt,” Gould said.
Selectmen’s Chairwoman Heather Bronish agreed that Cummings would be missed.
“He was a wonderful man and an involved select board member,” she said.
Cummings previously served as town manager, selectman and on the Budget Committee, Planning Board, school board among other positions. He recently agreed to work on a joint committee with Livermore Falls and Jay officials in regards to an upgrade needed at the Livermore Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.
“The town has lost a statesman,” former Selectman Ron Chadwick said. He had worked with Cummings on the select board and several committees.
He was devoted to do what he thought was right for the town and a dedicated community member, he said.